Japanese anime: the editor’s favorites for 2022!

What were the editorial staff’s most popular Japanese anime in 2022? Between novelties and discoveries of classics, here is our top editorial!

Recognition of the year

Jujutsu Kaisen 0 – Available on DVD/Blu-ray

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Satoru Gojo

What is it about ?

When he was a child, Yuta Okkotsu watched his friend Rika Orimoto die in a terrible accident. Since then, Rika comes to haunt Yuta who even wished his own death after suffering years from this curse.

Until the day when the most powerful of exorcists, Satoru Gojo, welcomes him to the school of exorcism in Tokyo. As Yuta finally finds new meaning in his life, a threat hangs over the world. Indeed, someone plans to unleash a thousand curses on Shinjuku and Kyoto to exterminate all non-exorcists…

Why is it successful?

  • This film, prequel to season 1 of the anime, is as breathtaking as the series in terms of animation! A killer produced by the legendary MAPPA studio.
  • The characters all have an exceptional charisma, starting with the great Satoru Gojo! The newcomers are also very well developed, like Yuta and his Bane Rika. And the VF is excellent!
  • The combat sequences have a jaw-dropping epic and mythological tone!

Discovery of the year

demon slayer season 2

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Tanjiro

What is it about ?

After the events recounted in the movie The Infinity Train, Tanjiro, Inosuke and Zenitsu accompany Tengen, the Pillar of Sound, on a mission to Yoshiwara. The young slayers must help him find his missing wives who were investigating rumors of demons present in the district.

Why is it successful?

  • The Pillar of Sound, Tengen, is an absolutely earthy character that alone is worth watching this season.
  • After the movie Le Train de l’Infini, which followed season 1, the Quartier des Plaisirs arc offers an even more daunting visual spectacle, an absolute feast for the eyes!
  • The animation of the fight scenes is exceptional! The ufotable studio has delivered a titanic job to offer us this rendering of a beauty to die for!

Recognition of the year

1. Sabikui Bisco – Available on Crunchyroll

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bisco

What is it about ?

In an alternate Japan, the country is ravaged by a kind of plague causing the human body to rust. In order to save his dying grandfather, Bisco Akaboshi decides to go in search of the legendary medicinal mushroom named Sabikui which is said to be a cure for rust.

Why is it successful?

  • Its colourful, fluid and dynamic animation, signed by the very young studio Oz, of which this is the first production.
  • His steampunk universe full of amazing creatures and his badass hero!
  • Its thrilling action scenes, accompanied by devilishly effective rock OSTs!

2. Lookism – Available on Netflix

What is it about ?

Fat, ugly, and unpopular, Hyeong-Seok Park is looked down upon by his high school classmates and experiences violence as well as harassment. But his life changes overnight, when he wakes up in another body: that of a handsome, tall and muscular boy. How will he manage to adapt while accepting the reality he has decided to flee?

Why is it successful?

  • The themes of harassment and superficiality always approached with accuracy and kindness.
  • His original songs which bring a real plus to the adaptation!
  • Its pretty graphic touch quite close to that of the Webtoon which satisfies the first spectators as well as the readers of Korean comics.

Discovery of the year

Perfect Blue – Available on DVD / Blu-ray from Kazé

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mima

What is it about ?

Mima, a pop icon, member of a successful “girls’ band”, decides to leave the group to become the star of a television series. Her wise and watered-down image is tarnished when the young woman has to act out scenes of gang rape and reveal herself naked in charming photos. Enough to trigger the rage and madness of a perverse “fan”, determined to make him regret this reorientation…

Why is it cult?

  • First feature film by the great Japanese director Satoshi Kon, who later produced the famous Tokyo Godfathers and Paprika.
  • A subtle and well-crafted scenario that keeps us in suspense until a grand finale!
  • A horror/psychological/gore story perfect to remind that animation is not always made for children.

Recognition of the year

Cyberpunk: Edgerunners – Available on Netflix

What is it about ?

A street kid tries to survive in a city of the future obsessed with technology and body modification. With everything to lose, he chooses to stay alive by becoming an edgerunner – a mercenary outlaw also known as a cyberpunk.

Why is it successful?

  • Official prequel to the Cyberpunk 2077 video game, the series offers an ideal entry point for viewers unfamiliar with this futuristic universe. The success of the anime has also strongly impacted the sales of the game (more than 20 million copies sold to date)!
  • High quality animation by the Bones studio (My Hero Academia), especially for the action scenes that are as fluid as they are enjoyable. We can talk about a visual slap.
  • A mature tone (the series is clearly not aimed at children or teenagers), complex stakes, and exciting plots. The end of the anime is less successful, but you won’t need many episodes (the first one will be more than enough) to get hooked!

Discovery of the year

Hajime no Ippo – Available on DNA

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mad house

What is it about ?

A shy high school student, Ippo Makunouchi has got into the habit of suffering various physical and moral humiliations every day. The day he meets a boxer by the name of Mamoru Takamura who saves him from the fists of a band of thugs, he takes admiration for his savior. Ippo throws himself body and soul into his new reason for living: boxing.

Why is it cult?

  • Adapted from a cult manga, in publication since 1989 (published in France by Kurokawa)!
  • The values ​​of work and perseverance, symbolized by the rise to power of the young hero.
  • The ideal anime to soak up the exciting world of boxing, and discover all its workings!